After it was reported earlier this week that Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez had reached an agreement to sign one of the richest contracts in MLB history, now it’s been announced that the deal is not completely finalized. And, as a result of that deal not being finalized, Hernandez is going to miss the 2013 edition of the World Baseball Classic.
According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Hernandez and his agent are still working with the Mariners to finalize the deal they reportedly agreed to earlier this week.
“We still have not reached an agreement, but we are moving forward,” Wilfredo Polidor told ESPNdeportes.com on Friday. “At this moment, we have covered 70 percent of the road.”
While Hernandez and the Mariners continue to finalize the deal, he will be held out of the WBC, where he was expected to play for his home country of Venezuela.
Hernandez, who had been announced as the No. 1 starter in Venezuela’s rotation for the third edition of the WBC, is in the middle of negotiations for a five-year contract extension worth $135.5 million, according to sources.
Hernandez was reportedly broken hearted at the prospect of being unable to play in this spring’s classic, which is set to begin on March 7, but understands the importance of finalizing his deal with Seattle for his future and the future of his family.